Poacher gets jailtime, $27,500 fine for killing


Mar 11, 2001
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Glenwood man gets jail, fines for killing bighorn

Aspen Times writer

July 26, 2004

A Glenwood Springs man was sentenced Thursday to jail time and fines totaling $27,500 for the illegal killing of a trophy-size bighorn sheep in Glenwood Canyon.

Joshua Eli Lloyd, 25, had been charged with the March shooting of the bighorn ram.

"The loss of such an animal is not only unfortunate for the people of Colorado," said district wildlife manager Sonia Marzec, "but it's a loss for the millions of tourists who annually travel through the Glenwood Canyon and observe the majestic bighorns that make the canyon their home."

Lloyd was arrested by wildlife managers Marzec and Darren Chacon, who followed up a tip from a fisherman who found the sheep's head in a plastic bag in a culvert near Interstate 70. The officers set up a surveillance operation and apprehended Lloyd at about 10 p.m. on March 7, when he went to the culvert to collect the head.

Judge James Boyd sentenced Lloyd to 120 days in jail and ordered him to pay $2,500. The sentence also included 45 hours of community service and the requirement that Lloyd forfeit the five firearms seized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife during the investigation. Lloyd was sentenced for willful destruction of wildlife and illegal possession of wildlife.

In addition, he paid a $25,000 surcharge for violating the state's Samson Law, which is aimed at poachers who illegally kill trophy-size wildlife.

Lloyd could still lose hunting privileges in Colorado and 18 other states under the terms of a multistate compact among wildlife agencies. A decision on whether to ban Lloyd from hunting for a period of one year to life can be made by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Area wildlife manager Pat Tucker gives credit for the successful conclusion of the case to the hard work of Chacon and Marzec, and to the concerned angler who made the original discovery.

"Some of our best cases come from people who see something they believe is wrong and take the time to let us know," Tucker said.

Anyone who wishes to report illegal or suspicious activities involving wildlife can contact their local Division of Wildlife office or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT (1-877-265-6648).
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